Things are heating up in Burma again over the fate of Aung San Suu Kyi, the legitimate winner of the country’s presidential election nearly two decades ago, and Norway is at the centre of it. She has been under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years, and denied the right to try and rule the country.
Following the recent move by Burma’s military junta to imprison and bring to trial Aung San Suu Kyi, Norway’s government immediately demanded that the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Laureate winner is released post haste. Aung San Suu Kyi is currently in custody in Rangoon’s Insein Prison, according to the Norway Post.
Jonas Gahr Store, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, commented: “The imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi is a step in the wrong direction. I will today instruct Norwegian diplomatic missions to raise the matter with the countries in the region, including China and India, as well as with the UN Secretary General.”
Store added, “Recent reports about the state of Aung San Suu Kyi’s health also give grounds for concern. I expect her to be given proper medical attention. I am therefore concerned about reports that her doctor was arrested last week.”